On December 2017 Jonghyun of SHINee, a popular K-POP boy band, was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning; he opted to take his own life at the age of 27.
His death dismayed not only his fans all over the world but also the Korean public due to the fact that the band and himself were always in the spotlight and he seemed "bright" whenever shown on TV shows. "Depression that has been eating away at me finally has engulfed me, and I cannot overcome it," he wrote on his suicide note.
Separately, Korea is known to have the highest suicide rate of the OECD countries. According to the research done by the Korean National Police Agency in 2016, mental illness was the primary motive for suicide--taking up 36% of the incidents.
Resonant, his music and words will be remembered by many.